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Old 03-09-18, 11:34 AM
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New Gravel Bike....research...

Hi all,

Back into it after too many years away, bought a commuter last year. Time to upgrade so.....Looking for a new gravel ride, have it narrowed down to 3...ok maybe 4..

Devinci Hatchet Alum/105 build...considering the 1# also but not 100% sure

Opus Horizon
Norco Search
Trek Crossrip

Pros/Cons,I mainly trail/gravel/back road ride. Advice/suggestions appreciated.

Thanks

KB
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Old 03-14-18, 09:49 AM
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Hi KB

I also been out of biking far too long, a leg injury kept me away from biking for 15 months, but Im ready for 2018.

I to have been looking for a new gravel bike and will look into your list. I don't know much about those brands you listed other than Trek, but the Devinci looks intersting...thanks for that one.

You may consider the Specialized Diverge line up as well, the AL models are my front runners so far as I prefer threaded bottom brackets.

Also, the Future Shock tech option is interesting and worth a google read when you have time. YouTube has some good Diverge review videos as well.

Thanks
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Old 04-16-18, 03:27 PM
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Hi: Hard to recommend one over the others without knowing a great deal more detail about what criteria you are using to judge the bikes. In general, I would not have any reservations riding any of them; all quality machines from reputable companies. I currently have 2 gravel/dirt bikes; a 2016 Giant Revolt and a 1985 Miyata Two Ten; both work fine for my needs.

As very general criteria, I would say that there are 2 universal criteria that may help making a decision:

1) What is the maximum tire width the frame can accommodate? Wider is better; you can always run a narrower tire in frame that can accommodate a wider one, but not the other way around. Good to have the option.

2) Gearing: The lower the better. Do not underestimate how much you may require a lower gear range from what you typically use when riding better roads. If you are riding any hills, particularly on rough roads, you need a low gear with LESS than a 1:1 ratio. I run a 26/32 on the Miyata. The Giant has a 30/32 right now and I am looking to change my chainrings and/or cassette to lower that to something like 26/32 or 28/34.

The other universal truth in bike selection: What one feels the best when you test ride it? If you like your bike, you will ride it more .
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Old 06-21-18, 10:39 AM
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I can't go into the technical detail of Island Time but I you also might want to add the Giant Anyroad to your list. I have one and I love it.
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I have a Giant TCX SLR2. I'm loving it. Aluminum frame, comfortable. It's a cross bike. But I use it for road riding, trails, touring, gravel, etc...

I wish it had a threaded BB but 3000km and no issues so far. I did change to hydraulic brakes for fairly cheap, as I didn't like the TRP spyres. Lifetime warranty on frame to original owner.

You cant go wrong on any of the manufacturers. I agree with another poster. What feels good to ride and look at - you'll ride more often.
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